We have teamed up with independent publisher, Pushkin Press, to celebrate the launch of Ele Fountain's new book, Melt.
Enter our competition and you could win signed copies of all three of Ele's books and a £50 Kite eGift card. Three runners up will also win a signed copy of Melt and a £25 Kite eGift card.
In our blog you can learn a little bit about each book, read our mini Q&A with Ele Fountain, and then head over to our competition page for your chance to win.
Yutu lives in a remote, snow-bound village with his elderly grandmother. Their traditional way of life is threatened by the changing snow and ice: it melts faster every year. When the sea-ice collapses while he is out hunting, he only just escapes with his life and is left stranded in the Arctic tundra.
Meanwhile, Bea is trying to adapt to another new school. Her father promises his new job at an oil company will mean they never have to move again, but not long after he starts, his behaviour becomes odd and secretive. When their fates take a drastic turn the girl’s world collides with the boy’s and they find themselves together in a desperate search for survival, and for the truth.
A short Q&A with Ele
Can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind your new book, Melt?
My ideas grow from subjects that I really care about, and climate change is something which affects us all. In Melt, I wanted to show how it affects people’s lives beyond scary news headlines, and that we are all connected in our fight to stop it.
What is the key message that you want your readers to take from Melt?
You’re never too young to make a difference, and that the small actions of many can achieve so much.
If you could give one piece of advice to young writers, what would it be?
Don’t give up! There will be days when writing feels easy, and others when it feels like you’re trying to wade through custard. But every time you write, you will learn something. Even the ‘custard’ days are good.
Ele's other books:
Lola’s life is about to become unrecognisable. So is Lola.
Everything used to be comfortable. She lived in a big house with her family, where her biggest problems were arguing with her little brother or being told she couldn’t have a new phone. But as one disaster follows another, the threads of her home and family begin to unravel.
Cut off from everything she has known before, Lola must find a new way to survive.
Now, an ordinary girl must become extraordinary.
Shif is just an ordinary boy who likes chess, maths and racing his best friend home from school. But one day, soldiers with guns come to his door – and he knows that he is no longer safe.
Shif is forced to leave his mother and little sister, and embark on a dangerous journey; a journey through imprisonment and escape, new lands and strange voices, and a perilous crossing by land and sea. He will encounter cruelty and kindness; he will become separated from the people he loves.
Boy 87 is a gripping, uplifting tale of one boy’s struggle for survival; it echoes the story of young people all over the world today.